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Flight Flies on 100 Percent Biofuels

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This week saw the first-ever completely biofuel-powered flight take place. The National Research Council of Canada conducted the first flight on 100 percent renewable, drop-in biofuel on its Falcon 20 jet, according to oilprice.com, marking a huge milestone for the aviation and renewable energy industries. Oilseed crops commercialized by Agrisoma were used as a feedstock and transformed by Applied Research Associates into a complete replacement fuel for conventional jet fuel. Previously, flights on biofuels had Read More >

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Renewable Chemicals Helping to Build the Biobased Economy

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“The future is now and it is here,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries. “Each one of us is making the effort and pushing the envelope to create a new biobased economy.” Chaudhari discussed efforts to find renewable chemicals that can replace petroleum along with other panelists at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy plenary session, Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now. The panelists talked about using renewable Read More >

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The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals

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Rob Carlson a principle at Biodesic, an engineering, consulting, and design firm in Seattle moderated a plenary session focused on synthetic biology at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. The panel, Status Report: The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals, consisted of scientists from both the biotechnology industry and academia expressing their views on the importance of synthetic biology and discussing how the technology has evolved over time. Todd Read More >

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Live from the Pacific Rim Summit: Energy Crops Have their Day in the Sun

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Day 1 of the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy kicked off Wednesday in surprisingly sunny Vancouver, British Columbia, with a series of presentations suggesting that purpose-grown energy crops (PGECs) may soon have their day. In the opening session in the Biomass Production and Utilization breakout track, Chris Roach of Ceres, Inc., reminded conference-goers that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Billion Ton Update, PGECs have the greatest potential of any feedstock source to supply Read More >

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Flying Green: Spotlight on Aviation Biofuels

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BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy kicked off it’s Thursday programming with a plenary session called Flying Green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels. Moderator Ross MacFarlane of Climate Solutions set the stage calling the issue of creating sustainable, low carbon alternatives to fossil fuels one of the biggest challenges for the next era of flight. MacFarlane cited cost, conflict and climate as the three main drivers for aviation biofuels. Read More >

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